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Meet the Iraq War Veteran Coming For Ilhan Omar’s Seat

Chris Kelley, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, has announced that he is coming for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s congressional seat.

In addition to his time serving in the United States military, Kelley has spent 20 years with the Minneapolis Police Department. He earned nearly a dozen medals during his military career, deploying once during Operation Desert Storm and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kelley, who intends to run as an independent, says his focus will be on local issues, not dancing for the cameras to get “celebrity” status as Omar (D-MN) does.

“I have spent my entire adult life in public service; I know it, I feel it, I live it every day,” he told Law Enforcement Today. “CD 5 needs the voice of a worker who gets all people, not just some.”

 

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9/11

Kelley told CBS Minnesota that he was motivated to run against Omar when he saw her comments at a meeting with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in which she dismissed the September 11th terror attacks.

Omar, who currently sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, described the terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans as “some people did something.”

“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage,” Kelley told Fox News.

“I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” he surmised.

What He Stands For

Kelley said that immigration and a secure border are important platforms for his potential constituents.

“Immigration is a big issue right now,” he explained. “I believe in having a secure border; if you don’t have a country you don’t have a border and our border agents are doing a great job, but they are being overwhelmed and Congress isn’t giving them the tools they need.”

Kelley also is seeking to drive down a national debt that is spiraling out of control.

By contrast, Omar supports a U.S. foreign policy that takes the “perspective of a foreigner,” isn’t a big fan of white people, is a raging anti-Semite, and trashes this country every chance she gets because living life in America “is an everyday assault.”

“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal,” Kelley said.

Wouldn’t that be a welcome change of pace for Minnesotans?

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • ALL the DEMs are cutting their own throats and will loose to Trump who'll win in a landslide. This AOC + Three, their followers, and their hate speech is just like ISIS cutting the DEMs throat for them. A reckoning is approaching, and the Socialist-Commies are about to feel the Will of the American Patriotic Wave about to drowned them all! The Bonus is just as with Bill Clinton, after the congress impeached him..."It's the Economy Stupid" as it was then so it is now! And all the experience of your Bar Tender leadership's 4th grade education, isn't good enough for you to survive. Happy melting all you snow flakes, as your wet puddle will just evaporate away into the other failed ideas on the trash heap of histories radical ideology flops!

  • Please win, taken this hateful corrupt woman out of our congress. she is a liar a two-timing b***h!!!!!!

  • Actually, the federal courts threw out the No Trump on the ballot attempt. Declared it is Unconstitutional. You will in Cali, be able to check Trumps name for Federal Election! Now as for voting on splitting the state into 3 or more parts, well a judge said NO, even though there were more than enough signatures to put that issue on the ballot. ONLY remedy for that is another Bear Flag Revolt...lock and load and head to Sacramento and take out the tyrants holding your vote hostage, and replace them with new guardians of your future as Thomas Jefferson reminds us! This is a Republic not a Dictatorship...

  • Almost willing to move there so I could vote for him. Terrorist supporters who were elected need to be shown the door.

  • Best of luck please do your best to get rid of that POS she should never have been there from day one thank you for stepping up. and your service

  • Yeah get her out we need people that can be trusted in the house not the squad in there now. Good luck to you sir! I know you'll win by a landslide!!

  • Sounds like a good platform to help all in his district and not grandstanding for personal issues. I hope the people in his district are open minded and give him a chance. I have not seen any forward progress from the current representative.

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